How to save some money when creating a garden.
Implementation of garden design requires significant financial resources. How much will it cost to actually design and make over the garden depends on size of the area, elements to make and used materials. In addition, very important is the efficiency of executive team supported by experience.
Typically, management of the environment around the building is carried out after the completion of construction and often after finishing work inside the building. Although, at this stage, the funds are already heavily restricted on some parts of the garden is not worth to make any savings.
Where to start then. The most important is the plan. Designing the environment of the building at the stage or planning architectural and construction solution for future building. This way it will be possible to implement some elements of landscape design during the construction of the building and using construction teams. For instance reshaping the terrain with earth dig out from the hole for the foundation will save time and money. It is similar with the water installation for irrigation system and cables for lighting up the future garden. When you making installation inside the building, prepare also connections for the garden. If during design and building construction process we plan where the light switches for garden lights should be or where we direct rain water we can save some money.
If the building is already standing and garden design is made first step is to clear the land and prepare the soil. The cost of waste disposal and good soil is significant but definitely worth it. Not adequate soil might cause future plantings not growing well. It is therefore important to invest in the first stage of construction future garden and run those preparation works carefully.
Next step when the ground is free from rubbish, glass and plant debris is installation of electric cables for external lighting, main pipes for automatic irrigation system, drainage pipes and rain collecting tanks or absorbent well.
Even if we plan to spread the project over several years, all underground installations need to be buried before planting and making the lawn. This does not mean that you have to buy all the elements of an automatic irrigation system or each garden lamps at the same time. These purchases can be left for the next stage, you only need to lay the underground part of the installations.
Having prepared the area with distributed underground installations, you can proceed to the next stage, i.e. the execution of the surface and construction of terraces. Choose durable materials that will last for many years, such as stone or concrete cubes and slabs. Consider using recycled materials but only if they are in good condition.
You can try to commission the interior finishing team to carry out works outside. An electrician or a carpenter employed to work indoors is usually able to do outdoors work as well. This will save not only time but also money as electrician’s rates are usually lower than the installation of the electrical installation by a gardening company. This also has the advantage that the relevant external electrical circuits are immediately secured and connected to the appropriate switches in the building.
After all the hard work is done, it’s time for the most enjoyable part – the plants and the lawn. In places where the first, preparatory stages of implementation were saved and larger plants were bought, after a few years, the area still does not look attractive. Having a well-prepared plot and buying even slightly smaller plants, after a few years, we will enjoy healthy and beautiful plants, which often catch up with larger plants growing in more difficult conditions.
When planning to buy plants, let’s think about buying a few larger copies. Preferably deciduous trees or shrubs planned near the terrace or other place to sit or in the immediate vicinity of windows. Then, with morning coffee, you will be able to enjoy the greenery right after setting up the garden, and not only in a dozen or so years. Such a diversification of the size of the purchased plants for the new layout will create the impression that the garden is older than it really is and that the immediate surroundings of the sitting area will gain a cozy character sooner.
Small plants planted in planned places do not fill the space as much as their adult forms. There is a lot of free space left after planting. However, let’s not be tempted to buy a few more shrubs, because after a few years there will only be a problem with them. It is better to plant relatively inexpensive ornamental grasses, perennials and bulbs in these blanks. They will quickly fill the space and the target shrubs or trees will allow them to develop freely. If necessary, they are much easier to remove after a few years and do not require any formal permits.
After planting the plants, it’s time for the lawn. A cheaper version is a seeded lawn, which, however, has the disadvantage that in its initial phase it requires much more work than the more expensive rolled lawn. Such a sown lawn should not be entered for about a month so that the individual blades are well rooted.
During this time, of course, the lawn must be properly watered. If an automatic irrigation system is used, at this stage you need to buy all its missing parts – the controller, valves, lawn sprinklers with nozzles, rain sensor and drip line for plants. The activated irrigation system will ensure optimal watering, which will reduce possible losses in the newly planted plants and believe it or not it will save water.
You can save a lot by following these tips. My experience shows that the implementation of a garden carried out according to the described plan with an experienced team can be up to 20% cheaper. That is why it is worth hiring an experience company to help with landscape around your place.